Tag: Writing

It was only a couple of years ago – 2011 to be exact – that I discovered National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is fondly known. The idea is that every November, writers commit to starting – and finishing – a novel in that month. The aim is to write around 1,660 words a day, some 50,000 words all up. Some writers write more, some less. Some writers finish novels, some publish novels as a result, some give up only a few days in. I wasn’t ready to start or finish a novel in 2011, let alone commit

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Actually, I’m not so much writing a book, as collating and editing one. Because, you see, the writing has already been written. I am turning this blog – The Diane Lee Project – into a book, and the book is called Love & Other Stuff. I plan to have this book ready by Christmas February 2015, so it will, you know, make the perfect Christmas Valentine gift for the person who has everything! The idea of “booking my blog” hatched from reading Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. If you don’t know about this book (or you do know about

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A few weeks ago, I left work early* after two unpleasant, consecutive interactions with a couple of people who really should have known better. While my colleagues were very supportive and allowed me space to talk about what happened, I was seething (the irony wasn’t lost on me that talking about what I was feeling sparked this particular incident in the first place!). And while I walked around the block (it was a big block!) to try to let off steam – and help soothe the seethe – all I wanted to do was go home. So I did. A

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This post was first published on 4 July 2012. I still like to think of myself as a work in progress, which further validates my reason for changing the name of this blog to The Diane Lee Project late last year. When I tell people that I blog, the first thing they ask is: “What’s your blog about?”. I tell them I’m a bit like Oprah, in as much as I tackle serious issues (for example, why I am writing to a prisoner on death row) and the lighter stuff (like my guilty pleasures). I write about broken hearts and

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You may or may not have noticed, but it’s been over a year since I blogged here. I haven’t been altogether silent, though. I have written about my travels, and I regularly post photos. But focusing on this blog, well, not so much. And there are a couple of reasons for this: vulnerability and hubris. And both are inextricably linked. Being a reasonably popular blogger (and by this, I mean that I don’t have a huge numbers of readers, but those who do subscribe and read tell me they enjoy it), I felt a certain sense of untouchableness (that’s not

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Last week I wrote about the sort of blogger I am and that got me thinking about the sort of blog reader I am. Bloggers are never just writers and content creators, we are also readers and consumers of content. We don’t – or shouldn’t – operate in a vacuum. Ideas about what to write take form from other sources. At least, they do for me. I subscribe to a lot of blogs and manage them all via Google Reader, categorized according to what they are about. I find it easier to catch up on my reading this way than

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I am receiving emails like this on an increasingly regular basis. And I get it. Publishing your work has never been easier and it’s relatively cheap – if not free – to do so, especially if one goes down the eBook path. Amazon allows you to create your own eBook and distribute it. All you need is your text, a decent cover graphic and you are good to go. Blurb allows you to publish your own book and have it sitting right there on your coffee table for all to see… And why wouldn’t you? Content is king. We love

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This week I did something awesome. Even more awesome than coming in at #12  in the Sunday Mail’s (contentious!) list of top Adelaide tweeters last Sunday. 😉 This week I nominated my blog in the Sydney Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs competition. I nominated myself for a couple of reasons, namely because I get fabulous feedback from readers, both here via Comments, on Twitter and Facebook. I’m pretty sure my writing is good and my subject matter interesting – because you, dear readers, tell me it is. But I want to test myself out in the marketplace. Out in the big,

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A few of my favourite blog posts…!

So you’re new here, huh?

You’re not sure quite know what to expect? What sort of writing you’ll be reading? To help you out (and to encourage you to subscribe!) I have listed a few of my favourite blog posts to whet your appetite. Bon appetit!

The first post you should read is How The Italian Broke my Heart. It’s a five parter, but oh, so worth it. You will learn more about me (and my writing) than probably any other post. Plus it’s a great read!

Next, I would recommend reading The Lottery of Location, which is essentially a post about gratitude, and how lucky I am to be born where I am. In Australia.

If you want to see me get my rant on, read Why job hunting sucks. The title of this post says it all, really.

Writing is about making the reader feel something. If you can read Why I walked 5 kms in a gale without being moved, then I have failed as a writer. This post also explains why I have joined the cult of running.

Commentary about social media and corporate communications is also something I do on a regular basis. How to tweet the @groovybruce way (and why it works) was viewed by Bruce Campbell himself. How do I know this, I hear you ask? Because he retweeted it, I respond. And you should have seen my stats on that day! Through the roof, baby 😉

Speaking of celebrities, in I’ve got a confession to make (or how I spent the night with an amazing man), I talk about how I spent the night with Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters… in a non-groupie way, of course.

To counteract the last two recommended posts, and because I’m not just about celebrity adulation, you should read Why I am writing to an inmate on death row… and What people want.

And lastly, a contemplative post Letter to my 16 year old self, which will get you thinking about your life, and what you’ve learned and what you have achieved. I hope.

So. This post is a taste of what you can expect from other posts I write. And if you like you what you read, be sure to subscribe. I can guarantee that reading this blog will can only make you even more awesome than you already are!

(will insert picture later!) Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have my guest postpublished on Sukh Pabial’s Thinking About Learning blog. Sukh is a learning and development practitioner based in the UK. I know Sukh on Twitter as @naturalgrump and I stumbled across him when I was searching for learning and development professionals and thought leaders. Sukh and I tweet each other just about every day now, sometimes about learning and development, but most times not. The other day, Sukh kindly opened up his blog to guest bloggers to write about their biggest learning in life, and I put up

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This is not something I would have ever imagined doing. Or would do. But very soon – within the space of a couple of months, in fact – I will become the penpal to someone who is on death row. I will be required to write to him regularly (and I assume that he is a him just from the statistics), say every two to four weeks, for at least a year. I have  committed to writing to someone who has ended the life, or lives, of other people. Talk about a moral dilemma. I am completely and utterly against murder,

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Every blogger seems to do a wrap-up of their favourite posts at the end of each year. Far be it for me to be any different. I’m not even going to precis them for you, though. You’ll just have to read them to see why they I am rather proud of these posts. And it’s got nothing to do with popularity (although most were). It’s got everything to do with what they say, the stories they tell, the points they make. 1. How The Italian broke my heart 2. Dear me: letter to my 16 yo self 3. The lottery

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